Animals digging in your yard? Skunk odors? Skunks under your home or porch? These are oftentimes indicators that skunks are living on or near your property. Call your local Critter Control office today at 800 CRITTER for effective skunk removal and exclusion services.


Skunks are well-known for their foul, pungent smell, and distinct appearance. Most people are familiar with what a skunk is or at least what they are capable of. People know to steer clear of these animals or risk the wrath of their specialized defense mechanism.


  • Between 15-25 inches' long
  • Weighs anywhere from 3-10 pounds
  • Black in color
  • Distinct thick white stripe, or stripes down the back of the animal
  • White patch on head
  • Bushy tails
  • Long claws


Skunks are mostly nocturnal and prefer to live in open areas such as prairies, pastures, and forest edges. The animals are capable of surviving in most climates. During winter seasons, skunks rely on fat stores for continued nourishment and remain holed up in dens for several consecutive days or weeks.

Skunk Problems


The nourishment available in areas of human activity compels skunks to live under buildings, decks, and patios. Skunks will eat just about anything, including rodents, garden vegetation, grubs, and other insects, and venture into trash bins from time to time for leftover food. They may also break into chicken coops to steal eggs or hatchlings.


Most are familiar with the damage these animals cause. Skunk secretions cause horrible odors and temporary blindness and can hit predators and people up to 10 feet away. Although skunks are mostly detested for their odor, they also damage landscapes, plants, and structures when they dig for food. Skunks are also one of the most common carriers of rabies, canine distemper, hepatitis, tularemia, and Q-fever.

Skunk Control

Control and Safety

While control methods, like erecting fences, help keep skunks away, it often takes a little more than that to prevent the possibility of infestation. To start, secure trash bins, limit rodent populations, and block entry to pet and livestock feeds. Keeping landscapes free of debris, such as overgrown shrubs and firewood piles, also deters skunk presence.

Trapping and Removal

Approaching a skunk is not recommended. Skunks spray as a defense mechanism and approaching them is likely to result in them feeling threatened. Often times mishandling can also lead to bites, which require immediate professional medical attention due to the diseases these animals are known to carry. Property owners should immediately call Critter Control to assist with any skunk related problems, before it's too late. We employ only expert-level pest professionals to ensure jobs are done right and in the safest way possible.

We can help you get rid of skunk problems.  Call today: 1.800.274.8837.


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